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The only solo piano work here is Bach’s Sixth Partita, sandwiched between a set of Rimsky songs (Op 40, beautifully and passionately sung by Addis) and Prokofiev’s First Violin Sonata. Georgian pianist Nicolas Namoradze is the most recent Honens laureate, following in the footsteps of Bavouzet and Kolesnikov.

Namoradze is a fine accompanist, sensitive and bending in Rimsky’s glorious outpourings. The Prokofiev is glowering in its opening; the dry recording suits the Allegro brusco. Crow, concertmaster of the Toronto Symphony, is sweet-toned and expressive.

The Bach is well-controlled, with more pedal than many would dare, but ultimately not compelling. The Air is the finest movement.

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